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Inside Unilever’s sustainability myth

Inside Unilever’s sustainability myth

Apr 13, 2017

Originally published on New Internationalist   By Dahpne Dupont-Nivet, Anouk Ruhaak, Marije Schuurs, Jaap Tielbeke and Emiel Woutersen of platform Investico in Amsterdam. ‘When is the last time you heard a CEO at this level have these types of conversations?’, the excited host of the Social Good Summit asks the audience. Paul Polman, Unilever’s chief...

Too Late to Compensate Free Trade’s Losers

Too Late to Compensate Free Trade’s Losers

Apr 13, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Dani Rodrik CAMBRIDGE – It appears that a new consensus has taken hold these days among the world’s business and policy elites about how to address the anti-globalization backlash that populists such as Donald Trump have so ably exploited. Gone are the confident assertions that globalization benefits everyone: we must, the...

The five poverties of inequality

The five poverties of inequality

Mar 21, 2017

This article first appeared on openDemocracy Despite billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world. Inequality is the worst kind of poverty, because inequality is precisely what causes it. Measuring poverty and allocating budget lines in...

China’s Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

China’s Road to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

Mar 17, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate By Minghao Zhao BEIJING – A new crisis is brewing on the Korean Peninsula. In mid-February, North Korea conducted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test. On March 1, the United States and South Korea began a joint military exercise that is unprecedented in scale and intensity. These military drills will run until the end...

Military Spending in the Swampland

Military Spending in the Swampland

Mar 14, 2017

This article appeared originally on Dollars&Sense What now? What Next BY JAMES M. CYPHER On September 11, 1941, the U.S. War Department commenced construction of its new headquarters, the Pentagon: With each of its five sides running the length of three football fields, encompassing 4 million square feet of work space, it remains even today the world’s...

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Trump’s Economic Labyrinth

Mar 12, 2017

Commentary from Project Syndicate US President Donald Trump is finally getting down to the hard work of trying to please his blue-collar supporters and his administration’s resident plutocrats. The results so far are as incoherent as the electoral coalition that brought him to power. By Project Syndicate Donald Trump’s economic-policy agenda during the 2016 US...

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Who’s Going to Save American Jobs?

Mar 12, 2017

This article was originally published on Fair Observer. BY   KNOWLEDGEWHARTON Tackling unemployment and the “skills gap” needs to happen at the corporate, state and local levels. In a speech announcing his candidacy in June 2015, Donald Trump stated: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” He repeated this promise in various ways...

The Surge Delusion: An Iraq War Anniversary to Forget

The Surge Delusion: An Iraq War Anniversary to Forget

Mar 10, 2017

Originally published on Common Dreams. This article was first published on TomDispatch.com By Danny Sjursen The other day, I found myself flipping through old photos from my time in Iraq.  One in particular from October 2006 stood out. I see my 23-year-old self, along with my platoon. We’re still at Camp Buerhing in Kuwait, posing in front of our squadron logo...

Tensions in the Balkans should be carefully watched but not exaggerated

Tensions in the Balkans should be carefully watched but not exaggerated

Mar 7, 2017

Loïc Trégourès, Université de Lille 2 – Université de Lille Tensions have been on the rise again between Serbia and Kosovo, prompting European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini to visit the Western Balkans last week. Her visit was timely: on March 2, a French court postponed the extradition of former prime minister of Kosovo,...

Trump’s Obsession With Generals Could Send Us Straight Into War With Iran

Trump’s Obsession With Generals Could Send Us Straight Into War With Iran

Mar 7, 2017

Republished with permission from The Nation The president’s foreign-policy picks have set the stage for an aggressive military-first administration. By William D. Hartung In the splurge of “news,” media-bashing, and Bannonism that’s been Donald Trump’s domestic version of a shock-and-awe campaign, it’s easy to forget just how much of what the new president and...

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